(Eastlake, OH) - Joantgel Segovia keyed the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' (15-16) offense on Thursday. The left fielder drove in five of Wisconsin's six runs and finished just a triple shy of the cycle. Meanwhile, the Lake County Captains (13-20) managed multiple baserunners in just one inning and lost to Wisconsin, 6-0.
Segovia put the Timber Rattlers on the board in the second inning with an RBI single in the second. After Wisconsin added an insurance run in the fourth, Segovia delivered the game's biggest blow in the fourth inning. Ronnie Gideon worked a leadoff walk and Gilbert Lara hit an infield single, bringing Segovia to the dish.
After Segovia hit a high fly ball that just landed foul down the left field line, he hit another high and deep drive toward the left field foul pole. This time, Segovia's drive cleared the wall in fair territory to give the Timber Rattlers a 5-0 lead, but the home run was the subject of much debate afterwards. After Segovia's ball was ruled fair, Captains Manager Larry Day emerged from the Lake County dugout to argue the call with home plate umpire Robert Nunez. Day was promptly tossed from the game for his first ejection of the year.
Segovia contributed Wisconsin's final run of the night in the eighth inning. Lara doubled against Captains reliever Henry Martinez with two outs and Segovia drove him home with an almost identical double to the gap in left-centerfield. The double gave the Timber Rattlers a 6-0 lead and it also ended Segovia's night at 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and five RBI. He also walked and stole two bases.
The Captains were never able to string together a rally against a trio of Wisconsin hurlers. Lake County tallied eight hits, but only had multiple baserunners in one inning. It took until the ninth for the Captains to put multiple runners on base when Logan Ice singled and Li-Jen Chu doubled, but reliever Andrew Vernon recorded a strikeout and a ground out to end the game and strand both runners.
Jordan Desguin earned the win for Wisconsin in relief. The right-hander took over for Zack Brown, who pitched the first two innings, and followed with five shutout frames of his own. Desguin (3-1) allowed just four hits, did not walk a batter and did not record a strikeout.
Justin Garza started for the Captains and took the loss. Garza (1-1) gave up five runs, four of which were earned, over four innings. He gave up four hits, walked four and struck out five.
Despite the loss, two Captains contributed multiple hits. Chu had a single and a double, while Alexis Pantoja delivered a pair of singles. Conner Capel and Luke Wakamatsu also hit doubles.
The Captains face Wisconsin again on Friday at Classic Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.
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